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About Ashley Basil

I remember my interest first started when I dug my first potato patch with a fork taller than me! The ground was a matt of couch grass, and I was so disappointed when 7 bits came up. Finally, the harvest and it was a proud moment when my Mother did not have to buy any potatoes until the spring. From that day Horticulture became a passion of mine. After graduating from Writtle College, I went into landscaping for a number of years and then into the growing industry. As a part of a rapidly expanding business, I became involved in the construction and maintenance of nurseries.

I have had a lifelong interest in wildlife, and recently became involved in the control of invasive species. I assist in running volunteer work parties along the Lymington River in the New Forest to help remove Himalayan Balsam.


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My wife Jo has a keen interest in Ferns and has been a member of The British Pteridological Society BPS ( The Fern Society ) since her days at College.

With over 30 years of experience in the horticultural industry and the support of my wife, I took the plunge and started my own business; Ashley Basil Horticultural Services (ABHS).

I am a keen photographer, do have a look at my flickr photo stream and other Social Media.

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